Feature

Video: Elders move to close Gladstone's learning, jobs gap

ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander people make up 25% of employment on Rio Tinto Alcan's Weipa site, compared to just 3.5% in Gladstone.

Indigenous elders such as Neola Savage want to see those numbers increase in Gladstone, and a new indigenous group is helping make that a possibility.

"Opportunities are revealed to those who look for them," she said, "which is why we're giving students an opportunity to speak to employers."

Yallarm Advisory and Advocacy Group held its first careers expo with great success yesterday with hundreds of students from Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and schools out west attending the expo at CQUniversity.

Some of the town's biggest employers and educators were on hand with their experts to talk to students about opportunities.

YAAG chairman Jarrod Beezley said it was important to help close the gap in indigenous employment in the region.

"It's about providing better opportunities for the community and school leavers," he said.

"We're partnering with other organisations and industries to ensure we're not setting up students to fail.

"We want to make sure we're working with the schools, careers advisors etc, and building great partnerships in the transition from education to employment."

He said the speakers had been great and the students loved that.

"They've been hearing some stories about people in their efforts and jobs and what they've been through, which was really good to see."

After the Federal Government ceased funding of the annual Former Origin Greats Indigenous Careers Expo, Mr Beezley said it was important to have a local community organisation jump on board and co-ordinate the event.

"And we thank all the sponsors who got on board."

Topics:  close the gap cquniversity



BREAKING: Police search for missing man in Gladstone

Clancy Bligh, 45, was last seen in Gladstone in December.

Police search for missing man last seen in Gladstone.

Woman assaults two people after DJ won't play her songs at work party

Raquel Theresa Hudson.

IT WAS a work Christmas party gone horribly wrong.

Local Partners

GECC'S finances improving, on track to cut costs by $200K

Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre on track to cut costs by $200,000 this financial year


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Summer SUNfest kicks off

SunFest Lazer shoot-out in the Tondoon Botanic Gardens January 11, 2016. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

Tickets for SUNfest are selling fast, so get in quickly.

Fresh faces: NCIS gets a shake up with new cast members

The new cast of NCIS, from left, Rocky Carroll, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Brian Dietzen, Wilmer Valderrama, Emily Wickersham, Mark Harmon, Duane Henry and Jennifer Esposito.

THREE new characters join naval drama for season 14.

First the Onesie, now an Xbox One S inflatable controller

Fancy an inflatable Xbox One S controller?

Inflatable controller 'perfect sidekick' for Australia Day party

Sarah Harris: Here’s what Amber Sherlock should’ve done

Studio 10 and Shark Tank presenter Sarah Harris.

STUDIO 10 host says Sherlock could’ve avoided the subsequent uproar.

Amber Heard 'smitten' with Elon Musk

Amber Heard

ACTRESS is reportedly excited about going public with new boyfriend

New doco argues ‘OJ Simpson is innocent, and I can prove it’

O.J. Simpson

NEW documentary series claims to have found “missing evidence".

REVIEW: Undressed is more than titilating entertainment

Nathan and Tahlia meet for the first time on the TV series Undressed.

'DIVERSE' dating show goes more than skin deep.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

What a year 2016 proved to be

Entrance Island, Birtinya

Get the inside info from the agents themselves

REVEALED: What Coast wants in an international airport

Sunshine Coast business people share their views on what's needed

Time for a cool change

43 Eckersley Ave, Buderim.

Family home goes to the auction floor

Designer home set in lush tropical gardens

This home has it all and more

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!